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UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Previous Laureates

List of previous laureates of UNESCO/Guilermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize:

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2018

Mahmoud Abu Zeid (Egypt)

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been selected by an independent international jury of media professionals as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.

Press Release (23.04.2018)

2017

Dawit Isaak (Eritrea)

Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist, has been chosen to receive the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Mr. Isaak was arrested in a crackdown on the media that occurred in September 2001. The last time he was heard from was in 2005. His present location is unknown.


Dawit Isaak in Sweden circa 1987-88
Press Release (30.03.2017)

2016

Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)

Ms Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014, and, in September 2015, was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion.

Press Release (04.05.2016)

2015

Mazen Darwish (Syria)

Darwish, a lawyer and press freedom advocate, is the president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE), founded in 2004, and one of the founders of The Voice newspaper and syriaview.net, an independent news site banned by the Syrian authorities. In 2011, Darwish established Media Club, the first Syrian magazine about media affairs. He has been detained since February 2012, when he was arrested with colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer.

Press Release (04.05.2015)

2014

Ahmet Şik (Turkey)

An international, independent jury of media professionals has named Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şik the winner of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2013

Reeyot Alemu (Ethiopian)

Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu has been named the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ms Alemu was recommended by an independent international jury of media professionals in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.”

Press Release (05.05.2013)
Press Release (16.04.2013)

2012

Eynulla Fatullayev (Azerbaijan)

Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, has been named the winner of the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova. He was nominated for the award by an independent international jury.

Interview (04.05.2012)
Press Release (04.05.2012)
Press Release (17.04.2012)

2011

Ahmad Zeidabadi (Iran)

Imprisoned Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi is the laureate of this year’s UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. He was selected by an independent international jury of 12 media professionals.

Press Release (03.05.2011)
Press Release (07.04.2011)

2010

Mónica González Mujica (Chile)

The Chilean journalist, Mónica González Mujica, a heroine of the struggle against dictatorship in her country, has been named laureate of the 2010 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Press Release (03.04.2010)

2009

Lasantha Wickrematunge (Sri Lanka)

The late Sri Lankan journalist and editor of the Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was assassinated on 8 January 2009, has been named laureate of the 2009 UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize.

Press Release (06.04.2009)

2008

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (Mexico)

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, a freelance reporter based in Cancun, Mexico, has been nominated laureate of the 2008 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Press Release (09.04.2008)

2007

Anna Politkovskaya (Russian Federation)

Accepting the recommendation of an independent international jury of media professionals, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, designated Anna Politkovskaya, the late Russian journalist, as the laureate of the 2007 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Press Release (30.03.2007)

2006

May Chidiac (Lebanon)

On the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals, UNESCO Director-General has designated Lebanese journalist May Chidiac, winner of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2006.

Press Release (28.03.2006)

2005

Cheng Yizhong (China)

Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong was named as the laureate of the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Press Release (07.04.2005)

2004

Raúl Rivero (Cuba)

The jailed Cuban journalist Raúl Rivero Castañeda was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for 2004 by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, on the recommendation of an international jury.

Press Release (24.02.2004)

2003

Amira Hass (Israel)

Israeli journalist Amira Hass was named as the laureate of the 2003 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2002

Geoffrey Nyarota (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwean editor Geoffrey Nyarota was named as the laureate of the 2002 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2001

U Win Tin (Myanmar)

Former editor of the daily Hanthawati newspaper in Myanmar, vice-chair of Myanmar's Writers' Association and a founder of the National League for Democracy, U Win Tin has been nominated laureate of the 2001 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2000

Nizar Nayyouf (Syria)

The 2000 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded on 17 March 2000 to Syrian journalist Nizar Nayyouf.

1999

Jesus Blancornelas (Mexico)

Jesus Blancornelas of Mexico who survived a 1997 assassination attempt for his exposés on corruption and drug trafficking in Mexico was chosen to receive the 1999 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

1998

Christina Anyanwu (Nigeria)

The 1998 UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded to the Nigerian journalist Christina Anyanwu, publisher and editor in chief of "The Sunday Magazine" (Lagos, Nigeria).

1997

Gao Yu (China)

On 21 March 1997, the UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded by an independent international jury to the Chinese journalist Gao Yu.